Friday, July 05, 2013

We Must Obey God Rather Than Man: Preach The Gospel Even If It Means Going to Jail: Tony Miano Knows This Firsthand

Christian News reports (excerpts):

An American evangelist was arrested and jailed this week in London during the Wimbledon Championships while preaching about sexual immorality on the streets.

Tony Miano, a retired police officer who traveled to the UK with the team, states that he was preaching about sexual immorality from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 on Monday when a woman became agitated by his message and began to curse.
“[I preached about] the fact that people are in sin and are violating God’s word and His law by engaging in immorality — both heterosexual immorality and homosexual immorality,” he explained.
It was surreal because I was interrogated about my faith in Jesus Christ,” Miano said. “I was asked if I believe that homosexuality is a sin. I was asked what portion of the Bible I was reading. I was asked if a homosexual was hungry and walked up to me, would I give them something to eat.”
Police then concluded by asking Miano whether he believed he did anything wrong, and if he would make similar statements again when released. Miano replied by contending that he had done nothing unlawful, and that he would indeed preach the same message again if he felt led to do so by the Lord.
Miano was then escorted back to his jail cell where he believed he would be spending the night. He began preaching and singing in his cell, and also asked his attorney if he could have a copy of the Bible. Miano said that after he received the Scriptures, he turned to the Book of Acts and began to find “great comfort” in the stories of the apostles who were also jailed for their bold preaching.
However, much to his surprise, after some time, the detective came to his cell to inform him that there had been a change of plans.
“He said, ‘The inspector has decided to release you with no further action,’” Miano recalled, shocked by the news.
He was released near midnight after being behind bars for approximately seven hours....
He concluded his blog by noting that he believes that America is not far behind the United Kingdom in regard to the criminalization of Christianity.
I was interrogated because I was a Christian. Again, it was surreal,” he stated, shaking his head. “It’s coming. It’s coming to the United States. No doubt about it, the day is coming when Christians will be arrested not only for what they say, but for what they believe.”
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Christians, biblical Christians, are NOT violent, nor do we terrorize nor bully others, unlike Muslims who have that as part and parcel to their religion. This merely proves that the battle is a spiritual one.

Act 5:27  When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, 
Act 5:28  saying, "We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's blood upon us." 
Act 5:29  But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men. 
Act 5:30  "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. 
Act 5:31  "He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 
Act 5:32  "And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him." 

Act 5:40  They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 
Act 5:41  So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. 
Act 5:42  And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. 

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